Barbie's newest doll includes a hijab for the first time

Nick Sanchez
November 15, 2017

She was also the first female, Muslim-American athlete to win a medal at the Olympics, bringing home the bronze for sabre fencing. After becoming the first US Olympian to compete in a hijab, Muhammad has now created a Barbie of herself with a hijab.

Toy maker Mattel has unveiled a new first in its Barbie collection: a doll that wears a hijab. "I don't know if you can tell, but I'm so excited!" she exclaimed. The inspirational and boundary-breaking women, who inspired such dolls, include Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Kristin Chenoweth, Gabby Douglas, Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yearwood, Misty Copeland and Ava DuVernay.

The doll will be available for purchase in 2018. She had this to say.

Ibtihaj Muhammad visited the Mattel factory when the doll was being designed, but the Glamour Women of the Year event was the first time that she had seen the doll as a finished product and she could barely contain her excitement.

The doll will come with a full fencing uniforms, including a sabre and a mask.

Muhammad, who was presented with her doll at Glamour's 2017 Women of the Year Summit, hopes this historic moment will inspire the next generation of girls to live fearlessly. So I wanted to have athletic toned legs for sure. "I feel very proud and good about working with a brand that honors not just powerful women and women of color, but also a brand that honors women who are working to impact the global community, not just today but also in the future". Announcing a new doll, the company just unveiled its latest product, the Hijab-wearing doll as part of its annual Shero program. I like to think of my eyeliner as a shield of power; I not only wear it to the grocery store but I also wear it to compete.

Ibtihaj described the taunting and body shaming she faced as an athlete and how the doll captured the things which make her so different and so special. "Ideal hijab moment right here-this is wonderful", she exclaimed.

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